Gang Pan

Gang Pan


School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

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Dr Gang Pan is Professor and Associate Dean of Research for the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. Gang has pioneered the development of cost-effective and safe technologies to treat toxic algal blooms and water pollution, as well as nutrient recycle / reuse technologies in natural water systems.

He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed papers and authorised more than 50 patents. He has been granted more than 30 research projects with total funding of £30 million. His team’s modified local soil technology for the removal of harmful algal blooms and the restoration of lakes has been successfully commercialised in China. It has also been tested in New Zealand, and is regarded as the priority technical measure in a national freshwater programme.

Career overview

  • Professor, Deputy Director of department and Group Leader, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (2000- present)
  • Senior Research Fellow, T H Huxley School, Imperial College, UK (1999– 2000)
  • Research Fellow, Dept. Environ. Sci., University of Plymouth, UK (1998– 1999)
  • Post-doc, School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, UK (1996- 1998)
  • Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Ocean University of China (1982- 1991)
  • PhD Environmental Chemistry, University of East Anglia, UK (1996)
  • MSc Physical Chemistry, Ocean University of China, China (1989)
  • BSc Physical Chemistry, Ocean University of China, China (1982)

Research areas

Areas of research interest include:

  • Environmental interfacial chemistry: adsorption and flocculation reactions; heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants (PFOS)
  • Aquatic ecological engineering: lake restoration; eutrophication and algal bloom control
  • Environmental nanomaterials: oxygen nanobubbles and its application to hypoxia/anoxia remediation in deep water/sediment
  • Molecular environmental sciences: synchrotron technology
  • Biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus and nitrogen in natural waters

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

  • Chairman of Global Phosphorus Recycling Initiative (GPRI), international SCOPE
  • Vice president, Aquatic Environment Committee, Chinese Society of Environment
  • Board member of Chinese Society of Environmental Nanotechnology
  • Board member of Chinese Society of Environment and Energy
  • Board member of Water Science Committee, Chinese Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • Board member of Synchrotron Committee, Chinese Society of Physics
  • Expert Panel, Key program of Chinese Natural Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Member of American Chemical Society
  • Judge Panel for Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge (International prize in environment)
  • Associate editor: Frontier of Environmental Sciences: Wastewater Treatment and Management
  • Journal editorial board: SOJ Aquatic Research: Ecosystem, Economics & Aquaculture, AIMS Environmental Science, Advances in Environmental Protection, Environmental Science, Chinese Journal of Environmental Science, Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae.

Sponsors and collaborators

Research funding has included:

  • Environmental Research Platform, Beijing Advanced Science and Innovation Center, China, 200 million RMB (2015-2020)
  • Industrial commercialization:Eco-Green Environmental Technology Ltd, 5 million RMB (2014-2019)
  • New environmental nanotechnology and its application in lake remediation, Ministry of Science and Technology (China), 5 million RMB (2013- 2018)
  • Sino-EU governmental cooperation program: Natural water quality improvement, Gang Pan, chief scientist, 1 million RMB (2009- 2012)
  • Chinese National Key Basic Research Program (973): The application of nano-meterial and nano-technology in detecting and treating water pollutants. Ministry of Science and Technology (China), 5 million RMB (2009-2014)
  • Chinese National Key Basic Research Program (973): Mechanism of the eutrophication inducing ecological disaster and its prevention measures, Ministry of Science and Technology (China), 4.68 million RMB (2008-2012)
  • National Key Science and Technology Program (863): Water quality improvement technologies of Taihu Lake, Gang Pan, Deputy Chief-scientist, Ministry of Science and Technology (China), 45 million RMB (2000-2005)
  • Seven normal grants from National Natural Science Foundation of China (2000 to 2015)
  • Several large grants from Chinese Academy of Sciences, one of them is a strategic program-A of CAS (7 million RMB) (2000 to 2015)


Selected publications

Flocculation of cyanobacterial cells using coal fly ash modified chitosan. Yuan Y, Zhang H, and Pan G, Water Research, 2016, 97, 11-18

Ecotoxicological assessment of flocculant modified soil for lake restoration using an integrated biotic toxicity index. Wang Z and Pan G, Water Research, 2016, 99, 133-141

Removal of microcystis aeruginosa using cationic starch modified soils. Shi W, Tan W, Wang L and Pan G, Water Research, 2016, 97, 19-25

Simultaneous removal of harmful algal blooms and microcystins using microorganism- and chitosan-modified local soil. Li H and Pan G, Environmental science & technology, 2015, 49, (10), 6249-6256

Facile and green fabrication of multiple magnetite nano-cores@void@porous shell microspheres for delivery vehicles. Bi L and Pan G, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2014, 2, 3715-3718

Impact of suspended inorganic particles on phosphorus cycling in the Yellow River (China). Pan G, Krom MD, Zhang M, Zhang X, Wang L, Dai L, Sheng Y and Mortimer RJG, Environmental Science and Technology, 2013, 47 (17), 9685–9692

A universal method for flocculating harmful algal blooms in marine and fresh waters using modified sand. Li L and Pan G, Environmental Science of Technology, 2013, 47 (9), 4555–4562

Reducing the recruitment of sedimented algae and nutrient release into the overlying water using modified soil/sand flocculation-capping in eutrophic lakes. Pan G, Dai L, Li L, He L, Li H, Bi L and Gulati RD, Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46 (9), 5077-5084

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Press expertise

  • Natural water resources and supply
  • Water pollution and contamination, including in rivers and lakes
  • Waste water treatment
  • Waste recycling – how to turn solid waste and waste gas into new resources
  • Heavy metals and organic pollutants
  • Aquatic ecological engineering: lake restoration, eutrophication and algal bloom control